Voters shared their concerns and expectations

2014-07-02 00:00

WHEN one of the candidate councillors informed Durban North residents about today’s by-election a month ago, pensioner Sheilla Moolman told herself there was nothing that would keep her away from the voting station.

“It’s a pleasure and a great thing to do. We must realise that it is not just one vote that get things done,” Moolman said after casting her special vote yesterday.

She said while there there were other issues of concern in their ward, crime was the biggest.

Moolman said she wished the municipality would always ensure there was maintenance of infrastructure.

“The area is clean, tidy and orderly. The upkeep of the area should always be a priority,” she said.

“Every area in Durban should have the same facilities and opportunities.”

While she has no qualms with delivery of services, Moolman said the new councillor and the municipality should act when residents complain.

“The municipality must be open about complaints and do something about them. The councillor must deal, not just sit down; and listen to the residents in the area,” she said.

“We live in an area where we do get things done, but often it takes someone in the know to get things done,” Moolmana said.

Durban North resident Andre van Rooyen yesterday said crime was his main concern.

“Crime causes more problems. It causes people to look at other people and say ‘you committed the crime’,” he said.

“It becomes a racial issue because people then become afraid of people of different colour. It creates a racial problem,” Van Rooyen said.

“If we can address crime we can live better together,” said Van Rooyen ,who has no problems with provision of municipal services.

Today he will be voting for the second time, having voted in the May elections.

“If you got people to vote, then they say ‘you have given me the right to do these things’,” he said.

“They are not doing what the public wants. They do what they want so they don’t take a public mandate,” he said.

Van Rooyen had some simple advice for the eThekwini Metro and the new Durban North councillor: “Take a drive to Cape Town to see how a city is run. That town is clean, beautiful and its buses run on time. Everything is as you expect your government to provide for you. My councillor, if he or she has not been to Cape Town, must ask them how they do it.”

While there are no major issues for Shaun Kleinbooi, he strongly believes that the erratic electricity supply in the area should be resolved.

“The only problem we have had over the past few weeks is with the electricity supply. This does not help businesspeople like myself.

“Some of us don’t have generators,” he said.

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